Simply because the hindrance between Basha & Popoy’s lovestory is ultimately themselves - SDTG’s conflict still hinged on external factors.
Popoy and Basha’s story was all about them as people: insecurities, needs, wants, goals and personal vision.
SDTG, with both Kenji & Athena and Kenneth & Kelay, were driven by situations they found their selves in.
That said, it doesn’t lessen how great the treatment was for SDTG, or how moving the characters are.
Starting Over Again also falls in the same category was SDTG - it was great story that still depended on a plot to be told, and the characters reacted to said plot device.
Ultimately, until any film is able to tell a story where characters are the driving force of the narrative, One More Chance will remain atop my list.
That one line from the themesong, “… love is not a game that children play..” epitomises the entire movie.
Love. It’s not as simple as, “two parts hydrogen, one part oxygen equals water every single time.”
No two love stories are exactly the same, moreso the intricacies behind each one. “She’s Dating The Gangster” is ultimately a story of how love true challenges the foundation of which it is based on.
ATHENA & KENJI
I would never wish upon my enemy that kind of love story Athena and Kenji had.
Not because of how it ended, but because not everyone is created to withstand the struggle and sarcifices they had to go through.
Was it a great love? Yes, but not because of their feelings alone. It is a “one great love” because as much as those romantic feelings were real, they were mature enough to look beyond what’s happening between just the two of them.
They never allowed their feelings for each other to cloud their decisions.
Their decisions were profoundly unselfish.
You’d have to what for what Kenji, in the 2014 timeline, will say as to why those decisions were worth it, even if at the time they made them it would have meant becoming emotionally bereft.
KENNETH & KELAY
They were never in the book, so I had no expectations of them.
I really thought they will be the usual plot devices – pushing the narrative, but never becoming organic to the story.
But they glued everything together.
We discovered Kenji and Athena’s great love with them – they become us. When Kenneth quipped, “Ano bang nangyari sa kanila?” he was voicing the exact same question we were individually asking.
Kenneth and Kelay were a marvel to watch. Creating these two characters and allowing us to see the Kenji & Athena story through them chipped away the massive emotional baggage the book had.
Plus, that undeniable tension between these two characters was so palpalble I wanted to go inside the film and push their lips together for that one fairy-tale kiss.
Alas, that was something I couldn’t do.
PAGE TO SCREEN
I have said this over and over and over again, I found the book forgettable. In fact, I never became attached to Kenji and Athena as book characters. I never saw the driving force that made them fall in love in the first place, so the notion that theirs is a great love story was lost to me.
I have to give so much credit to Carmi Raymundo for giving depth to both these characters. She re-created them in such a way that the pieces missing out from the book were, effortlessly, on the big screen.
The execution of the story, how the two worlds merged together, and how effectively they were able to convey that love is more a The Script album than it is a Disney movie, was done so well I wanted to cry my eyes out – oh wait, I did.
Some films make you cry because it’s plot-driven – you have no other road to walk on. They film was leading up to that moment: the tears.
Surprisingly, “She’s Dating The Gangster” is a film where crying is a given, but the reason why you will differs from one person to the next, simply because of the way the narrative, sketches and character voices were laid out.
Like Kenneth & Kelay, the crying was organic.
You just cry because it hits you: I had my version of “Kenji”. I was once an “Athena”. I had my own “1994 Albay” moment. All those feelings you’d felt when you loved, and ultimately lost that love, will come back. And for those who have never loved before, you’d cry because you will feel the struggle these characters, whom you suddenly care so much about, are experiencing.
At one point, you’d probably imagine what it would feel like to be them – and then that’s where you’d cry the most, because as we all individually imagine how it must be to be Kenji or Athena at THAT moment, we all realise that, “FUCK, I WOULDN’T HAVE SURVIVED THAT IF I WERE HIM/HER.”
That realisation is what separates a good film from a great one: that one small line that the audience unknowingly crosses.
That’s when characters stay with us even after the film ends – that’s the moment when, like Jack & Rose before them, or Popoy & Basha, Kenji & Athena became more real than they should be for us as audience.
That’s where the resonance of film characters begin: when you unknowingly imagine yourself as them.
A WINNING TRIO: MOLINA. BERNARDO. PADILLA.
I have no words but, “BRAVO.”
To Direk Cathy, you nailed it, again. You have proven once again why you are at the pedestal.
To Kath, you are brilliant. You are made for the big screen. You are born to become a superstar, and the versatility you’ve shown in this film is a delight to the senses. You are a star like no other.
To DJ, you are a living testament of what hard work & dedication would result to. You are beyond amazing in this film. You were not DJ playing Kenji, YOU WERE KENJI, period.
THE KATHNIEL MAGIC: UNDENIABLE
Lastly, either as Kenji and Athena or as Kenneth and Kelay, KathNiel is A-FUCKING-MAZING to watch.
This is their film, from beginning to end. They are individually brilliant, but together they are just [NO WORDS HAVE BEEN COINED YET TO DESCRIBE WHAT KATHNIEL IS].
They just draw you in.
No matter how much you fight it, you cannot.
So haters, brace yourselves for more years of this undeniable KathNiel magic.
If “She’s Dating The Gangster” is the barometer, they have a long way to go before that magic fades, if ever.
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You can download it online. My suggestion is to download the portable version of PSCS6 so it won’t eat your RAM.
You can even search for it here in Tumblr.
What is a submission page anyway?
That’s a very sensitive subject, I’d rather reserve my opinions since I don’t want to be in the middle of it.
At the end of the day, it’s their right to react like that, so long as it doesn’t affect Kath or DJ.
I want them to be given character-driven stories.
The problem with our stories in general is that they’re plot-driven - we only allow our characters to react to these stimulus; in times, or most of the times, there is little to no character development.
I would like for a KathNiel project to focus on innate and very personal problems, that the hindrance to their romance isn’t a situation, social class or family issues; I would love to see them play characters who are haunted with their ghosts and demons, and there’s a want to overcome these as individuals.
It would be nice to see them play characters who are strong-willed, on equal footing but flawed and with faults. No more of this princess syndrome or Mary Sue tropes.
It’s a character-driven story, and that’s why I loved it.
It was a very simple story, but because the writer and the director focused on the characters, it connected with a lot of people.
In Photoshoop, the smaller the images, the higher the resolution.
Create your banners/edits, if it’s like mine with a 500x600 pixel, with a 300 resolution, that will keep the quality of the images.
Also, it is paramount that you use semi-HQ or HQ images to begin with.
If you don’t have it, there are ways to make your pictures appear HQ — but that’s quite a long tutorial.
If you know how to use the History Tool, that’s one way of playing around with low res pictures to make the appear high res.